50-State Challenge

Counting the Cost (50 State Challenge)

November 6, 2012

Stage 3: States 49:Alaska & 50:Hawaii are complete. Join us as we look at the facts and count the costs of our 50 state challenge. The Cost of Alaska & Hawaii (Financially Speaking) Airfare (Alaska – $3574.97, Hawaii – $2594.20, Total – $6169.17) Airport Travel (Alaska – $177.97, Hawaii – $168.00, Total – $345.97) Car […]

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Hawaii – A Hui Kaua (Until We Meet Again)

October 25, 2012

We have met some amazing people on this 50 State Challenge, and our last state was no less amazing. After our lighthouse hike earlier this week, we stopped for lunch at Subway. Right next door was an ice cream shop, and in true Jodi fashion, my wife insisted we “needed” ice cream before heading back […]

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Hawaii:Pearl Harbor – We Will Not Forget

October 22, 2012

We did not really know what to expect in regards to our children’s reactions to Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. The kids have heard a bit about World War II through the literature we love. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Corrie Ten Boom are part of the family, as their stories inspire us in walking […]

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Hawaii – A Seally Good Time

October 19, 2012

Our activity for the day was a two mile round trip hike to the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse. The trail was rated easy and great for kids, so we thought it would be a good fit for us. What we did not plan on is the sun. The previous days we had plenty of cloud cover, […]

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Hawaii – A Tasty Treat

October 19, 2012

Our big event for the day was a visit to the Dole Pineapple Plantation. This plantation is 28,000 acres and produces over 220,000 tons of pineapple yearly, which are all planted and harvested by hand. The kids were excited to go ride the Pineapple Express Train, which would give us a short tour of the […]

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Hawaii – Aloha

October 18, 2012

Hawaii is the fiftieth state and our fiftieth state! On our last state my parents are joining in the adventure by joining us for a week of fun in the sun. We spent the first day traveling, with much less excitement than our trip to Alaska. We arrived at the airport with plenty of time […]

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Alaska – Integrity Matters

October 9, 2012

In the Millionaire’s Mind, Dr. Thomas Stanley found when researching deca-millionaires that the number one characteristic for this group was they all had “off-the-charts” levels of integrity. Can you imagine that type of integrity? I desire for that to be said of my children’s children, that they are known for having “off-the-charts” levels of integrity. […]

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Anchorage – Exit Glacier

October 6, 2012

Have you ever had a day where things just did not go as planned? The rain has really set in the past two days. It would actually be a ton of fun if we had the proper clothing to enjoy it, as the air temperature is not too bad at fifty degrees. Our biggest concern […]

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Alaska: Seward in the rain

October 5, 2012

Have you ever been to a place where everyone treats you like one of the family, like Mayberry in the Andy Griffith Show? Well Seward is a place just like that. It is a very small town nestled on the shores of an inlet between lots of mountains. People here ask you about your day […]

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Alaska:Seward Hwy – Cloudy with a chance of moose

October 4, 2012

This morning began a bit early for 2 of us! Elijah awoke at 3am after being kicked by Chloe; so, I figured if I took him potty, he wouldn’t need to later (he always goes at least once a night). Well, that backfired on me because he threw a fit and did not go back […]

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